Don’t Throw It Away! 11 Ingenious Uses for “Garbage”

Posted on July 31, 2014. Filed under: Green Cleaning | Tags: , |

by Raina Raflo, Founder, Sponge & Sparkle – Atlanta House Cleaning Experts since 1981


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I am always interested in ways we can reduce what we send to the landfills.  This interest extends to the cleaning company I’ve operated since 1981.  At Sponge & Sparkle, we are committed to using  non-toxic cleaners, reducing our footprint within your home, and reducing our impact on the environment at large.


The MNN blog  recently posted an excellent article with 50 ways to reuse your garbage. Here are my favorite 11 tips.

  1. Have you noticed the silica gel packets that come with your shoes or handbags? Use them to protect your personal papers and important documents from moisture and mildew.
  2. Spread old newspaper under your tablecloth as an added barrier to protect your table surfaces from spills.
  3. This one’s a classic – use newspaper instead of paper towels to clean your windows.
  4. An open jar of dried, used coffee grounds will neutralize refrigerator odors.
  5. Place a mound of coffee grounds in a protective ring around garden plants to repel slugs and ants.
  6. Do you hate the clammy feeling of rubber gloves on your skin? Use newspaper sleeve bags instead.
  7. Use empty pill bottles to tame the mess in your junk drawer, tool box, sewing kit, or craft box. They make excellent containers for small things like push pins, paper clips, etc. You may want to rinse the bottles first to get rid of the “medicine” smell. Need to tame your “junk drawer?” Check out this article.
  8. Those little slivers of soap can cause slip and falls and clog up your drains. Put them in a stocking leg and keep them by an outdoor faucet for a convenient hand-scrubber.
  9. This use for banana peels is truly unique. Before you throw those banana peels in the compost bin, use them to shine your shoes. Rub the inside of the peel on your shoes, then buff thoroughly with a soft cloth.
  10. Use juiced citrus halves sprinkled with salt to clean stainless steel and other metal fixtures.
  11. Paper egg cartons or toilet paper tubes are the perfect place to start seedlings. Since the paper will biodegrade, each item with its seedling can be dropped right into the soil.

To read the entire article on the MNN blog, please click here.


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Raina Raflo owns Sponge & Sparkle, Atlanta’s oldest and most reputable independent maid and house cleaning service. (404) 633-9652.

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